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A Beautiful Little Book

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:35pm
I don't really know what I expected when I selected this book. It's a fairly small volume, about 5"x7", hard covered, with very nice coated pages. Each page has a contemporary watercolor, with notes about the way the artist created the picture. I'm not entirely sure what I expected from this book. Perhaps a little more detail? This is what the author says in her introduction, in part: "Accompanying each work is a short exploration of the artist's approach and the techniques used, so you can try some of the ideas out too."

Each pair of pages contains a picture to the right, and a paragraph or 2 on the left page briefly discussing what the painting is, and perhaps what the artist intended to create. Other than the pages about making blooms and similar special effects, there isn't much on how the paintings were created - paper, paint, ink, whatever - in most cases. It's a pretty little book, and a nice review, but isn't as helpful to the artistic process as I might have hope.

A Nostalgic Tale

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:27pm

PROVENCE, 1970 BY LUKE BARR

A nostalgic view of the reinvention of American food in Provence in 1970 based on the journals of M.F.K. Fisher.  Luke Barr, the grandnephew of Fisher, details the coming together of Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard.  They cooked and ate and talked late into the night about the future of food in America, while we sit with them and enjoy the evening.    Wonderful stories, wonderful food.